My intention is to use traditional Japanese literary forms and materials to create modern stories that are self-consistent, credible and populated by believable characters authentic to their time and place. # I teach fiction writing at the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin. I got my MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea for two years, studied art and language in Kyoto for four years, and worked in Tokyo as a writer and editor for eight years. My published novels are: Sons of the Pioneers, HBJ; A Friend in the Police, HBJ; and Living Alone, Atheneum, all in NYC. A short story collection, The Plum Rains, was published last year by The Liffey Press in Dublin. Non-fiction books, a couple dozen short stories, essays, poems, and book reviews have appeared in digital and print media in the US, Japan and Europe.
Henry James, William Faulkner, John Hawkes, Joseph McElroy, Cormac McCarthy, Tom McCarthy; Gustave Flaubert, Marcel Proust, Georges Perec; Saigyo, Teika, Basho, Buson, Kawabata, Tanizaki, Soseki
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